lemlem is an artisan-driven collection of women’s, men’s, children’s and home goods made entirely in Africa. Supermodel Liya Kebede was inspired to launch the brand following a trip to her native Ethiopia where she met a group of traditional weavers who no longer had a market for their craft. Meaning to bloom and flourish in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, lemlem is committed to elevating artisanship and expanding production and jobs across Africa.


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The core collection is handwoven from natural cotton in Ethiopia and lemlem is steadily expanding partnerships with additional artisan groups across Africa.  Women are at the heart of lemlem and the brand is committed to helping them thrive both within its workshops and beyond through its support for lemlem Foundation.

‘By employing traditional weavers, we’re trying to break their cycle of poverty, at the same time preserving the art of weaving while creating modern, casual, comfortable stuff that we really want to wear.’


Liya Kebede is a model and actress. She is the founder of lemlem and lemlem Foundation and actively serves as the brand’s Creative Director.   She has been featured on multiple American and international Vogue covers and in major campaigns for top designers and cosmetics brands. In recognition of her body of work and her philanthropic efforts on behalf of women in Africa, Kebede was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and one of Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year.